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CAPTOR

Collective Awareness Platform for Tropospheric Ozone Pollution

Air pollution is THE environmental topic that European citizens worry about most, but the power of citizens to take actions themselves is limited. This is where CAPTOR comes in.

Air pollution is THE environmental topic that European citizens worry about most.  It is responsible for 400,000 premature deaths in Europe each year, and puts considerable damage to agriculture as well as our natural environment.  Despite these facts the readiness and power of European citizens to take actions themselves is limited. Civil society organisations are challenged 1) to transform attitudes of citizens to active behaviour, 2) to combine the knowledge of all the players involved in a collaborative process of finding innovative solutions and actions and 3) to have powerful and high-quality instruments for discussions with decision makers.
The drivers of the CAPTOR project are three large civil society organizations. Being the interface between ministries for environmental issues, national and local political decision makers and the citizens, their experience evidences that the provision of data and information on air pollution to citizens in top-down and passive ways, as it happens today, is not sufficient to engage a critical mass of participating citizens required to support transitions in the systems of production and consumption that are the root cause of air pollution.

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Tags: citizen science, environment, participation

Type: Research

Program: H2020

Submission Date: 04/2015

Project Status: In progress

Project Duration: 36 months

Start/End: 01/2016 - 12/2018

Website: http://captor-project.eu

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